Oud Beersel Oude Geuze Vieille | Brouwerij Oud Beersel

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Oud Beersel Oude Geuze VieilleOud Beersel Oude Geuze Vieille

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Brouwerij Oud Beersel

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle served in a flute glass.

A: Pours a yellow to orange color. A little bit cloudy. Lots of carbonation coming from the bottom. Forms a big and very bubbled (alive) white head. Fizzy with a great retention but only few lacings formed and left in the glass

S: Smell is quite grainy and fruity. Characteristic Lambic character. Notes of pale fruits like white grapes, apples and peaches. Vinegar. Sour with a metallic and slightly flowery hops in the end

T: Strong notes of fruits and pale malts in upfront. White grapes, apples and peaches. Slightly sweet upfront. Strong notes of Lambic yeasts. In overall, a quite dry taste. Sour and vinegar but not overwhelming. Quite smooth, I would say. Lovely Gueuze

M: Light and carbonated body. Malty, fruity and mainly metallic aftertaste

O: Good drinkability. Great Gueuze. Lambic fans will really enjoy it as I did...

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Photo of Treyliff
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- pours a murky yellow color with some yeast particles floating around, small foamy white head retains for a while, reducing eventually to a small layer, leaving no lace behind

S- yeasty barnyard funk with some wet hay, apple and pear, musty basement, cardboard, lemon peel, sugared candy

T- sour lactic kick up front with some earthy and woodsy notes, lemon peel tartness continues into a dry finish

M- light body with low carbonation, slightly foamy mouthfeel with a somewhat slick finish

O- a nice drinkable gueuze, not on the extreme end like some of the higher rated of the style, but a good intro into the style before trying some of the more flavorful examples

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Photo of cxr1037
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I've never had a gueuze before, and I've wanted a change from the typicals out here in San Diego. I picked this up at the local liquor store and figured, why not?

Poured into a Bruery tulip.

APPEARANCE: This beer is a dark hazy yellow, with a few particles floating around. There's about a 2cm head firmly resting on top.

AROMA: A new experience for me here! I can detect white grapes and white wine. There's some lemon tartness. Leather. Earth and black pepper. Lovely

TASTE: Right away, it's tart, with that lemony, acidic sourness. It's also somewhat reminiscent of white wine, perhaps a buttery chardonnay. There's also a cheesiness vaguely similar to nutritional yeast, too.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body, well carbonated.

FINISH: Fast, dry finish that leaves remnants of the yeast and tart lemon.

OVERALL: What a fantastic experience. There was a great array of aromas and flavors and it was fun to try picking them out. If this beer is any indication, I think gueuzes may be my new favorite style. Light, but complex.


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Photo of Stevedore
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, best by 6/6/2032, generously bought over by Doug. Poured into a Toppling Goliath snifter today, 1/29/2014.

App- Hazy orange-copper body, crazy 3-finger head with a lot of retention, good lacing.

Smell- Nice subtle funk, good dry acidity with white grapes added onto it. A little bit of oak. Not complex but delicious.

Flavour- White grapes, red grape skins, hint of funk, some wheaty malt backbone. Solid acidity at 4/10. It's very much like a nice complex saison.

Mouthfeel- medium bodied, nothing to complain about, good carbonation, nice sweet wheaty and tart finish. Decently dry.

Overall- Nice shelf geueze at $10 for a 750 off the shelf. It's worth it, and if it was a saison, it would be rated better than it is on here.

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Photo of joe1510
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kenwood Liquors - Homer Glen, IL

Best Before: 7/8/32

Pop. Gunsmoke. This bottle has been in the fridge for about a month now and it shows with surprising clarity. I can watch TV through the tarnished golden body. The head snaps to attention at two fingers in height before loudly crackling down and resting at a one finger cap. The pure white head leaves behind pure white chunk lacing as I drink. Good looking beer, here.

The nose has me instantly salivating. A nice, damp minerality starts things off, wet rock mostly. Damp oak and forest floor comes along in big waves. A solid squeeze of acidic lemon and green apple sour candy add a fruity component. The nose wraps up with some old musty and dusty, not mildewed but not far off, attic smell. Old books,old boxes full of forgotten trinkets, etc. Not the most depth but certainly appetizing.

Minerality is back and reminiscent of mineral rich well water. Damp stones and mild forest floor, nice earthiness. There is enough lemon and green apple acidity to pucker the cheeks a little while the softly tannic oak lingers. There seems to be a touch of sugar cookie maltiness toward the swallow with bright citrus lingering. Nice!

The body certainly leans toward the lighter side of the spectrum. Carbonation feels soft until the backend where the intensity picks up and tickles the tongue. The finish is dry enough that leaves me nearly parched and wanting more while the acidic pucker is left lingering on my cheeks.

While this isn't the most complex gueuze the flavors work very well together. There's a bright acidity, mellow oak tannins, and an all around nice funk. I'll pick these up again in the future, no doubt.

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Photo of brentk56
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours out rather cloudy, with the liquid a honey color; two fingers of foam retain nicely and leave a few shards of lacing behind

Smell: Uric funk, with lemon, green apple, balsa wood and leather

Taste: A hint of shortbread sweetness starts the flavor parade (and the sweet element lingers through the finish) but it doesn't take long for the barnyard funk to enter bringing with it a lactic sourness with lemon and lime predominate; green apples, berries and oaky dryness round out the the flavors

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: Perhaps a little tamer than other geuzes, with a nice underlying sweetness that I found quite enjoyable

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle.

Clear copper. Light head. Smell is brilliant! Sweet. Fruity. Hint of balsamic. Agèd and nuanced. Taste is equally compelling. Light. Funky. Vaguely sweet. Very clean finish. Funky enough to be interesting. Very nice. Recommended. Will have again.

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Photo of fourstringer
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 mL corked & caged bottle into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderate hand. Label reads Best Before 07 03 2032.

A: Cloudy golden yellow-orange with clean white head. 1/2 finger fades to a thin coating by 2 minutes. Minimal lacing.

S: Citric acid and lemon tartness. Granny smith apple. Musty brett. Lesser cheese rind. Hay. Alfalfa.

T: Assertive citric sour immediately. Replaced by a musty funk by midway that closes with a very dry finish. A mouth-coating tartness lingers in the aftertaste. No notable alcohol. Lemon. Slight cracker. Minimal bitterness or hop presence. Earth. Touch of sour cherry/apple.

M: High carbonation with a light body. Crisp and effervescent.

O: Solid, fruit-forward gueuze. Rather sour with some good funk notes to offset. No acetic acid to speak of.


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Photo of thecheapies
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Best before 30-03-2031.

A straw-colored beer with a honeyed hue. A few bubbles aside, this beer has very little carbonation.

Lemon, wheat malts, horse blanket, green apple, honey, musty basement, warm semi-sweetness. Has good fruitiness, and vinous notes.

Cheesy and musty funk with a light sourness. Very mellow. Wheat and barley malts seem nectary and smooth. Lemon and tart apricot and wet hay. Subtle gueuze flavors without much acidic distraction. Heavier feel for a gueuze with extremely low carbonation and a medium-full body almost absent of stick. The finish is long and tempered. Great beer.

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Photo of ludachris
3.59/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tiny bubbles rocket to the top in streams upon streams, helping to keep the three fingers of billowing white head afloat. Soapy patches of lace are strewn across the glass. Once the entire bottle is poured into the glass, the body goes from being a crystal clear pale golden hue to a slightly deeper shade of gold with plenty of sediment floating aimlessly throughout.

A little musty and chalky at first. Tart grape skins and bruised apple rest on top of its inherently bready core. Apple juice and lime juice come to mind as well. Its tart zing is noticeable immediately but it's counterbalanced nicely by its fruity and bready sweetness. I even get a vague impression of concord grapes and I think that can be attributed to the sweetness blending in with everything else.

I was expecting a big burst of drying tartness and what comes instead is its sweet bready and red apple characters stretching across the palate as the tart grape and apple vinegar move from underneath and into the sides of the mouth. The latter is more prevalent in the finish with some dry biscuit as well. The breadiness is never at the forefront but it makes up the baseline sweetness that's present from beginning to end.

The level of carbonation imparts an enjoyable spritzy, zingy feel to the body that borders between light and medium. This compliments the tart character of the beer. It has a roundness to it that makes things blend rather than pop out and I'm guessing that can be explained by its chestnut barrel aging.

I found this to be a good Geuze through and through. The interpretations of this style that I enjoy most are those that have that big kick of dryness or that mouth puckering tartness or strange funkiness you can't put your finger on, or all of the above. In comparison to what I really like, I found this to be tamed and clean. There's nothing wrong with that, it just depends what you're looking for.

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Photo of KingdomBobcat
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First Geuze/lambic I've ever had

A-Hazy orange color with a thick white head, continuous bubbles from the bottom, quite a bit of lacing
S-Sour, yeast, funk, kinda wine-y
T-Wonderful amount of tart lemon zestiness, some spice
O-Not something I would drink regularly, but it certainly has its time and place. When paired with some grey/snowy weather and a Tim Hecker album, you can't go wrong.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

BB April 13, 2032

Beer is clear golden in colour, with a large white head. Good retention.

Nice nose. Light funk, green grape, yeast, lemon. Other fruits.

Taste is good, but disappointing after the nose. Lemon, grape, more fruit, couple with a mildly funky yeast flavour. Mildly sour. Pretty tame as gueuzes go.

Medium to light bodied, strongly carbonated. Carbonation is a bit high. Dries the mouth.

Overall, a good beer, but not one of the stronger gueuzes.

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Photo of Etan
4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml into a tulip.

A: Pours a hazy wood-tinged orange with a nice white head.

S: Nose brings pungent lemon, lactic, earthy cheese, oak, honey, mineral, lightly sweet wheat.

T: Taste is mellower, with some hard water minerality, moderate acidty reminiscent of citrus, a bit of clove and vanilla, drying oak.

M: Light-bodied with some heft from the almost-frothy carbonation and wheat.

O: A very nice geuze. The nose is intense and pleasant, which the taste can't quite match, though.

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Photo of MadScientist
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A golden beer with a light haze and a long lasting rocky head of white bubbles.

S: A quick burst of light colored fruit aromas like grapefruit and peaches, then a barnyard sour note and an almost skunky dominate.

T: A moderate tartness upfront with a flavors of grapefruit and zest. There is a light, honey-like sweetness briefly in the the middle that move to a dry finish. A low oak character. No hops to speak of here. A tart and quick aftertaste.

O: An very good tart beer with a funk derived fruitiness. The sour character is the most prominent flavor but it is does overpower the rest of the beer. A great beer to pair with meals just avoid sweet sauces unless you enjoy that toothpaste, orange thing in the morning.

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Photo of Auraan
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a cloudy yellow with a three finger white head that stuck around for a bit. Quite nice to look at. Scent is sour, with heavy lemon juice and barnyard funk with a very slight bit of bubblegum. Good, what a geuze usually has, but with a slight hint of some saison traits. Taste follows, sour, lactic and lemon mostly with some slight grassy flavors and some sour green apple in the background. Good and sour, like a geuze should be. Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation. Very crisp and refreshing. Overall this is the best of the three geuzes I've tried. It's more sour and dryer than Lindeman's Cuvee Rene and it has more character than St. Louis' Geuze Fond Tradition.

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Photo of Ryan011235
2.14/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Gueuze-a-palooza 10/8/11; poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass

Best before 08-11-2030

Thanks Seth

A) Light, watery lemonade color. Layer of cloudiness. Decent ring of retention. Looks kind of wimpy. Swirling helps. Soapy lace falls down.

S) Tame, almost weak aroma. Low-slung damp, musty funk. Not tangy. Smells papery without seeming oxidized. Faint undertones of fruit. Hints of cheese - sort of.

T) The taste is as unremarkable. Very dry mustiness. This is balsa wood flimsy. Cheesy tones creep in around the edges. Not sour or tart. The feel ruins it.

M) I can't get a bearing on the feel aside from criminally high carbonation. The fuzziness runs the show and over shoots all flavors. Finishes metallic and unpleasant.

D) I can't say I'm impressed with this one. Too much carbonation. Too little aroma and flavor.

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Photo of GJ40
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

My wife and I sampled this and Oud Beersel’s Oude Kriek Vieille and Framboise together. They were purchased at Bottle Revolution and Tasty Beverage in Raleigh.

A – Golden with great clarity and a big, fluffy white head and loads of rising bubbles. Great lacing too. Very lively and inviting.

S – A nice mix of fruits and funk.

T – A fantastic combination of tartness and funk. Very rich and complex.

M – A moderately high carbonation without being distracting. A smooth consistency.

O – Enjoyable from start to finish. This was my favorite of the three.

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Photo of Jonada
3.69/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

375ml best before 25th of March 2030. Served in a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a bright golden yellow color with 2+ fingers of a white head that left moderate lacing. Body is slightly hazy with a fair amount of fine suspended sediment.

Smell: Big acidic lemon aroma, horse blanket, some musty basement, minerals. Funky aromas intensify as the beer warms

Taste: A bit of a drop off from the aroma. Same flavors as the nose, but a bit more muted. Funky green apple, heavy mineral quality, rotten fruit (in a good way), grassy. There's a noticeable bitterness in the finish as well.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and crisp. Mouthfeel is maybe a tad watery. Carbonation borders on high and works well for the style. Finishes dry.

Overall: This is a good gueuze, but there several better, similarly (or cheaper) priced, and just as available options out there. Worth a try, but not a repeat purchase.

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

375ml corked bottle into a goblet. best before 13/04/2032

pale hazy orangish/yellow color with a half inch bubbly white head. Traditional tart white grape smell on the nose, not too strong though. Taste is extremely in your face up front with the tartness. Lip puckerer for sure at first, but you get used to it quickly and it mellows out. Nice fruity sweetness on the back end. Tart orange and cherry. Medium bodied with high carbonation. Not the most drinkable of geuzes because of the lack of complexity.

Overall an enjoyable geuze but not as complex as some others. Not overly impressive but definitely true to style and refreshing to drink. Its lacking some flavors that other geuzes ive tried have had which hurts drinkability. I'd have another but won't be buying it again on my own. There are better options

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

POured from bottle into wine glass at Mekong in Richmond, VA. Wow...this place is amazing!!!
Nice golden color with good lacing. Super sour and tart malt...some slight fruit.
Amazing flavors of sour malt and slight...ever so slight hop. Nicely sour fruitiness mixes with the corny malt. Sours are so hard to rate..but this is amazing....

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Photo of Blindpigbiz
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Smell: mustard grainsand tart lemons

Taste: heavy lemon with mild tart green grapes along with balsamic vinegar notes adjunct to dry grains; very effervescent

If you have a palate that can handle this incredibly bizarre and ancient style of Belgian brewing than this beer is a must-have.

Due to its unique qualities, pair this food with BBQ pork with a tri-tip salad; buttery rolls and collard greens are a must on the side

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 4/13/2032. Pours moderately cloudy golden straw color with a 2-3 finger fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some nice foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big sour apple, pear, lemon, grape, clove, pepper, oak, hay, grass, leather, funk, white vinegar, and earthy yeast spiciness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of estery/funky yeast notes with barrel character. Taste of tart apple, lemon, pear, grape, clove, pepper, oak, hay, grass, leather, light vinegar, and earthy yeast spiciness. Moderate fruity/spicy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruits, clove, pepper, hay, oak, grass, leather, light vinegar, and earthiness on the finish for a bit. Very nice balance and complexity of fruity/funky ester flavors with moderate barrel character; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. High carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very crisp, dry, moderately prickly, and slightly acidic mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Gueuze. All around nice complexity and balance of flavors; and very smooth to sip on even with high carbonation. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of mt24turner
4.39/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- hazy pale gold

Smell- faint smell, but some sour notes and a nice hint of fruit

Taste- an amazing flavor, just an explosion of sour fruit flavors, leaves a dry lemony aftertaste that lasts and leaves you thirsty for more...a great beer

mouthfeel- light and crispy like a soda

overall- i might be a little biased as a lover of the style, but this was one great beer that i would enjoy as often as a could afford

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Photo of magictacosinus
4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured as part of the "We Want the Funk" flight at Trappist Provisions from a 330ml bottle into a 6oz wine glass. No freshness or bottling date. Consumed 05/08/13. Review is from my notes.

Pours a viscous, hazy (yet surprisingly clearer than expected) golden amber color, complete with champagne-like carbonation and a frothy half finger of head. Not too sticky in appearance, and indeed, no lacing remains at the sides of the glass for too long, but it does have a shining, predominant character that makes it look a lot like a dessert or honey wine. Whereas many gueuzes look far more rustic (or in the case of Cantillon, like jewelery), this one is flat in the middle, which makes it look simultaneously classy and raw as any great offering in this style should look.

The aroma is exactly what I should expect, complete with a raw tartness resembling lemon peel, sour white grapes, woody mustiness, bright earthy notes from the hops and yeast, as well as an underlying grassy flavor that goes on for some time. There's an initial stinging sensation from the funkiness, although it eventually settles and is replaced with crisp grains and bright hop flavors, only THEN to be replaced yet again by the remainder of the must and sourness from the yeast. I've never really had that happen before so sporadically in a gueuze before, so it was delightful to whiff on this all night to the point of ridiculousness.

The flavor does the same, except that upon the first sip, with my palate adjusting to these foreign aromas, I immediately experienced a bittered, puckery sensation that made my mouth water and cheeks temporarily feel numb with the acidity. Luckily, however, the next sips turned far more pleasant, I was finally able to make out flavors in midst of the sourness. Apricots, white dried grapes, lemon peel, cider, light woody must, maybe some wheatgrass, maybe even a bit of saltiness. Fantastically well textured overall - rather than knock you out with sour, acidic flavors, these phenols and volatiles compliment each other immensely. The crisp graininess and well carbonated body really does wonders here, elevating the flavors and melding them to the point of being delicious and easy to drink for even the casual sour fan. Quite excellent.

Glad I finally got to try this, and good to know I don't have to break my back to find an excellent example of this style in the area without having to pay tons of money as well. This is definitely NOT a gueuze for beginners for all of the musty, dried fruity textures going on, but it's relatively well-grounded in terms of seeking complexity and balance. Never a chore to drink, and I could have this all night. Fantastic stuff!

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Photo of bark
3.09/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Vintage 2008. The best before date is in June 2028.

The colour is gold (8 EBC), the liquid clear. There is some yeast floating around in the beer. The two finger head is white, it sinks quite fast leaving no lacing.

The rather mild smell is sour. It is more like lemon acid than vinegar, though. Hints of yeast and red berries. Lots of minerals, iodine and a touch of sour milk.

The taste is sour, tart and dry. Iodine. Sour berries and sour milk. It is quite light and not very complex. Light to medium body. The aftertaste is less tart with notes of wheat flour and phenolic yeast, it is surprisingly short. The finish got some fruity notes and a hint of alcohol.

The carbonation is strong, the few bubbles mid-sized. The liquid is dry.

No, this one did´t age as well as the other lambics I have had. It is not very complex, and the aftertaste is too short.

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4.03 out of 5 based on 964 ratings.
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